10th Anniversary Book from Heavenly Monkey

Heavenly Monkey is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this month by reissuing an old favorite. The details:


February, 2008 marks the tenth anniversary of HM publisher Rollin Milroy’s first letterpress book, El Autobus Azul – Handmade Papers from Costa Rica. In the decade since then Milroy has published 24 more titles, but El Autobus Azul remains one his most requested, and least seen books. To celebrate the anniversary – and get rid of the leftover scraps of samples that have been kicking around the studio for a decade – Heavenly Monkey is issuing a special revised edition of El Autobus Azul. Like the original, the anniversary edition is a miniature (50 copies, 41 pp, cased in printed paper over boards). It contains four tipped-in samples (each about 1 x 2 inches), a new preface, and two relief prints not in the original.

El Autobus Azul Painted JacketEl Autobus Azul Case

Six copies of the anniversary edition of El Autobus Azul are being specially bound, and issued in a dustjacket featuring an original painting of a butterfly on the front cover by renowned calligrapher Martin Jackson, who will also render the title along the spine. Proceeds from the sale of these copies are being donated to a fine arts elementary school in Vancouver which both Milroy’s daughter and Martin’s grandson attend. Given their shared connection to the school, Martin’s reputation as a lepidopterist, and Costa Rica being a major migration center for the creatures, the anniversary edition of El Autobus Azul seemed a tailor-made opportunity to once again collaborate.

Further details and images can be seen on the HM News page.

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